Definition of appetency in English:


(also appetence)

nounPlural appetencies

  • 1A longing or desire.

    • ‘So the presence of any object could be no inducement to sin, were there not a constitutional appetency or craving for sin.’
    • ‘Additionally, unaltered sexual appetence following orgasm was accompanied by unchanged concentrations of plasma prolactin in the case subject.’
    • ‘But he erroneously confounds appetency and volition together as the same functions of one power.’
    • ‘Those animals which are gifted with the most intelligence, whose appetencies and desires are the keenest, are the most likely to succeed in the struggle for existence.’
    • ‘It is not true that sinners have a constitutional appetency and craving for sin.’
    longing, yearning, craving, desire, wish, need, hunger, thirst, urge, ache, itch, lust, burning, pining, appetite, passion, fancy
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    1. 1.1 A natural tendency or affinity.
      • ‘Upon the whole, then, the great argument for literary endowments is founded on the want, or the weakness of the natural appetency for literature in our species.’
      • ‘The human mind has a natural appetency for truth.’
      • ‘The company is distinguished by their quality, design and innovation, by offering in the market not only product, but also concepts, creating appetencies in the consumer.’
      • ‘Rather phylogenetically, he proceeds from a survey of sensory modalities to mental powers of perception, intelligence, appetence, emotion, habit and instinct, ending with a general discussion of mental evolution.’
      liking, penchant, partiality, preference, appetite, fancy, fondness, affection, love
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Early 17th century: from Latin appetentia, from appetere ‘seek after’ (see appetite).